May 2016 Bulletin

CELA celebrates Ontario’s new climate change law

CELA applauded Ontario’s new Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act. The new law will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by establishing a cap and trade market among the province’s large emitters and setting a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Revenue from the emitters will be deposited into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account to fund projects that mitigate climate change including those that assist low-income households and vulnerable communities with their transition to a low-carbon economy. “Carbon pricing is essential to our transition towards a low-carbon future,” said CELA Executive Director Theresa McClenaghan. “The new law provides a framework for achieving Ontario’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.”

Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

CELA recently made submissions to the committee currently reviewing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). The committee is examining a range of issues such as chemicals management, air and water quality, pollution prevention planning, precautionary thresholds for persistence and bioaccumulation in toxicity assessments, risk management strategies and reassessment of substances. CELA’s Joe Castrilli and Fe DeLeon outlined current regulations that allow toxic substances to be used in Canada and suggested reforms to the information gathering, pollution prevention, risk assessment and risk management processes under CEPA. CELA will continue to monitor this review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.


CELA’s presentation on Greening Toronto

Two CELA staff members delivered a joint keynote presentation at the “Our Shared Future: Greening Toronto’s Work Places” symposium hosted by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute. CELA counsel Rizwan Khan outlined some of the current legislation related to Ontario’s initiatives to combat climate change while articling student Barbora Grochalova explained the benefits of a cap and trade program in Ontario.

BLOG: Great Lakes leaders fail first test

CELA counsel Jacqueline Wilson details the dangerous precedent that provincial and state leaders in the Great Lakes region have made by agreeing to the City of Waukesha’s water diversion proposal.

BLOG: How will the TPP threaten Canada’s climate goals?

CELA articling student Barbora Grochalova explains how Canada’s commitment to signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) threatens our greenhouse gas reduction goals.


First Great Lakes Guardians’ Council meeting

CELA Executive Director Theresa McClenaghan participated in the first Great Lakes Guardians’ Council meeting which was hosted by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on World Water Day, March 22nd. The Great Lakes Guardians’ Council (photo above) established under the Great Lakes Protection Act provides a forum to identify priority actions, foster collaboration, share information and provide input on issues. The Council is chaired by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.

BLOG: Will the cap and trade bill help vulnerable communities?

Erica Stahl, CELA counsel, weighs in on important amendments for Ontario’s cap and trade legislation to protect marginalized communities.



CELA founder awarded Law Society Medal

The Law Society of Upper Canada awarded CELA founder David Estrin a Law Society Medal recognizing him as an environmental law pioneer in Canada and internationally through his work as a lawyer, author, mentor and educator. He is currently counsel with Gowling LLP and a senior research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Estrin’s medal is the second award for a CELA-affiliated lawyer. Former CELA Executive Director Michelle Swenarchuk was also awarded the Law Society Medal in 2004 for her outstanding contributions to public policy law.

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